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Meaning of scruple

scru•ple

Pronunciation: (skr'pul), [key]
— n., v., -pled, -pling.
—n.
  1. a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
  2. a very small portion or amount.
  3. a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.295 grams) or of a dram, apothecaries' weight.
  4. an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to of an ounce or of an as or pound. Cf. (def. 2).
—v.i.
  1. to have scruples.
—v.t.
  1. to have scruples about; hesitate at.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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